Major Gifts and Campaign Senior Manager

Aurora, Illinois
Nov 10, 2020
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The Major Gifts/Campaign Senior Manager is a full-time position that requires a collaborative and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to help the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) deepen and develop a more robust and sustainable philanthropic development program. The MG/CSM is joining a small development team at a critical time in IMSA’s growth and expansion. They will be responsible for deepening existing donor relationships and identify and helping to cultivate new potential donors.

The MG/CSM position will work with staff leadership to raise funds for a multi-million dollar endowment campaign to support IMSA’s Promise Program, a pipeline program that addresses the unique challenges of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students who choose to pursue STEM education by providing academic enrichment programming at low to no cost to families.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment.  Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.

  • Work collaboratively with Development staff to identify top major gift prospects and annual fund prospects from within and outside IMSA’s network
  • Establish and volunteer committee to support endowment campaign fundraising
  • Help with, and in some cases lead, research and development of individual strategies for prospects and create a comprehensive stewardship program
  • Manage a portfolio of campaign prospects, including: the identification, cultivation, solicitation, in-person prospect meetings with existing leadership annual giving prospects ($1,000+) and some major gift prospects ($10,000+), and stewardship of prospects
  • Utilize Raisers Edge to support and track campaign progress
  • Manage and help to design and implement strategies for various campaign activities, including campaign kick-off, donor cultivation and stewardship events, and campaign celebration
  • Work with Public Affairs team to produce and refine needed campaign materials, including case for support, campaign updates and reports via video, print, website and social media
  • Work with Public Affairs to incorporate endowment campaign messaging and relationship building in to the existing communications tools, events, and solicitations;
  • Participate in campaign committee and board meetings, and regularly report on campaign progress
  • Ensure all prospect activities and communications are accurately entered into Raiser’s Edge
  • Overnight travel up to approximately 5 days per month
  • Other appropriate duties, as required
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of eight years of business development or fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated success in closing gift solicitations at the five+ figure level
  • Strong influencing and collaboration skills with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from diverse sources
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications, organizational and time-management
  • Demonstrated success interfacing with board members and volunteers
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and donor databases
  • Demonstrated ability to meet goals on time and handle multiple tasks and projects
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to thrive in a small shop
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work occasional night or weekend events or meetings


  • Advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Experience in secondary and higher ed fundraising
  • Bilingual, Spanish

This position will support IMSA's Equity and Excellence Policy by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support, while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture, that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA, to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition. 

To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity- minded, and constituent–centered.


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards.  Substantial time is spent working on a computer.  This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to equity and excellence.  Qualified individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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